Monday, January 16, 2012
Martin Luther King Jr. and “Resolving the Issue” of Freedom and Liberty
It seems appropriate, today, to acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr. After all, it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. So I went back into the archives here and located a post I put up in June 2007 titled On Civil Disobedience.
That 2007 post of mine, though, is not what I want to draw your attention to once again. What I want to draw your attention to is a post of Billy Beck’s from June 2007 titled “Evasion Is Not Resolution”, which Billy penned in response to an email exchange and a post at the SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists website titled Fighting the IRS ... to the Death?.
If we, as Americans, desire to lay claim to freedom and liberty as it originally was considered at the formation of the United States, without having to resort to violence, we can learn some very valuable lessons from King, and Billy speaks to this idea. Billy’s closing words.
I’m talking about resolving the issue. Not evading it.
One contribution I have to the ideas floating around for resolving the issue of freedom and liberty can be found in these words I wrote in 2003.
Why is there such a confounded need to label yourself or align yourself within a group? Can we not just be men with like minded ideas of liberty and sovereign individuality? Even if some of your political ideologies differ in regards to the size of government, as compared to other labeled individuals, does the group label offer you any kind of safety, or is it just a need to belong that is being fulfilled by the label? The group mentality, in most instances, only provides a bludgeon to use against other groups.
UPDATE: “The Sword That Heals”.
The Tyranny of Government Debt
There is no doubt that Americans are suffering under the tyranny of the United States’ government debt. The amount of this debt is staggering in scope and each individual American is bowed over with its weight, no matter their political affiliation, and Americans need to be released from these tyrannical chains. The question is how to accomplish this. Politicians, regardless of whether they are wearing a donkey or elephant costume, mouth platitudes to a reduction of this tyrannical debt, and turn right around and increase the scope and size of the State, proving their ineptness and the lack of veracity in their words.
So, back to the question, how to reduce the tyranny of the United State’s debt? Karen De Coster notes a suggestion put forth by an individual by the name of Philip Smith, in a news article titled Melting Gold Coins To Reduce National Debt.
Smith believes if the government would take all of the gold coins out of circulation and melt them into bars, the U.S. would be able to pay off the national debt. He says the gold coins are not doing anybody good just sitting around so the government should take action.
Karen notes that the idea, as presented, is not satire. What came to my mind when I read this this morning is the following observation of Edward Gibbon, put down in Volume One of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, wherein Gibbon comments on the debasement of money under the reign of emperor Gallienus, the role this debasement of money played the in civil unrests within the Roman empire, and the salutary effects which can be attained by restoring the just value of money.
The repetition of intolerable taxes, imposed either on the land or on the necessaries of life, may at last provoke those who will not, or who cannot, relinquish their country. But the case is far otherwise in every operation which, by whatsoever expedients, restores the just value of money. The transient evil is soon obliterated by the permanent benefit, the loss is divided among multitudes; and if a few wealthy individuals experience a sensible dimunition of treasure, with their riches they at the same time lose the degree of weight and importance which they derived from the possession of them.
Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume One, New York, Random House, The Modern Giant Library, pg. 272